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Rollers foreign players face the chop

Township Rollers three imported players are likely to be axed from the team as head Coach Rudolph Zapata prepares to shuffle his squad for next season. The said players are Ugandan born player Irvin Ntenge, South Africa’s skillful player Kamogelo Matsabu and Bindu Wansididi Bibo- who is a Congolese Striker.

 It is said the decision to axe the players solely comes from the coach who is yet to win any of the two titles Roller won last season. Of the three players, Matsabu was signed, not necessarily to play but to entertain followers of a club that has now won country wide appeal. But this is the same player who has won the golden boot in the Mascom Top 8 competition despite playing few games.

But the teams’ insistency and promise to make a loud impact this season has of course bore fruits as Rollers is in strong contention to defend the league title. However, the trio, in Zapata’s eyes, has failed to stand strong and therefore their ambition at the heart of Rollers now mirrors a tomorrow that will never come.

Signed and captured under the multi-millionaire project of Jagdish Shah, the players were recruited to embody the present and future of the club. But all of them are seen to have played a little role that left Rollers at the mountain top. Msomi for instance, failed to live to expectations and is seen to be overshadowed by Rollers strikers in Joel Mogorosi and Tumisang Orebonye.

Ntenge is one player who has played more minutes compared to any other player. But both Matsabu and BIbo were making appearances from the bench and it now appears Township Rollers time is speeding them towards the past. However, some believe that the talent of the big three, along with striker Joel Mogorosi, who is also out of favour have made the case for Rollers to make headline impact, particularly in the on going quest for the premier league and Orange FA cup.

Zapata agrees that as a unit they have and could still find an edge as the competition drags on. Many still do not know why Rollers coach want the players out of the team, but speculation is rife that all failed to awaken their sense of competitiveness enhanced by their reported playing pedigree.

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The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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